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Forum: The Mindful Home   12-12-2013, 10:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Posted By nmelanson
How do we balance the idea of having a fun and...

How do we balance the idea of having a fun and happy Christmas, full of magic and wonder while at the same time having a conscious Christmas? I found this fairly easy in the past, but now that DS1...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   09-20-2013, 10:15 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 12,169
Posted By nmelanson
My DS1 is named Kieran. I had never met a male...

My DS1 is named Kieran. I had never met a male named Kieran, but I grew up with an East-Indian female Kiran in my school. Kieran is an Irish male name meaning "little dark one"; the Indian Kiran...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-13-2013, 09:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By nmelanson
And the GAPS diet... I'm wanting to start this -...

And the GAPS diet... I'm wanting to start this - but I'm so tired!
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-13-2013, 08:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By nmelanson
Thanks for the responses - ODD sounds scary, and...

Thanks for the responses - ODD sounds scary, and it could be our issue. I do recognize that this issue could be exacerbated by the fact that he's going through a growth-spurt and is constantly...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   09-11-2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 123
Posted By nmelanson
OMG - I have this same problem. The part that...

OMG - I have this same problem. The part that annoys me the most is that 3 yo DS falls asleep peacefully once I get up... so essentially I'm woken up anywhere from 2:30- 4:30 in the morning until I...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-11-2013, 10:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By nmelanson
Hey - I haven't posted anything in ages.......

Hey - I haven't posted anything in ages.... well, now I have 3 yr old DS2. He was born roaring like the little tiger he is (born in 2010, year of the tiger), and has never stopped. He has been a...
Forum: Parenting   07-30-2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,693
Posted By nmelanson
I wouldn't say that I'm as crunchy in some areas...

I wouldn't say that I'm as crunchy in some areas as I used to be, but I live on an acreage (on an island in the pacific northwest) where we have a huge vegetable garden, we raise our own chickens...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   07-18-2013, 11:16 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,328
Posted By nmelanson
First birth was easy - it was long, slow and...

First birth was easy - it was long, slow and steady and very manageable. I didn't even know I was going through transition. Second Birth was something else. I was induced and went from 5cm dialated...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-17-2011, 09:09 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,590
Posted By nmelanson
Ummmm....think there is actually a lot of...

Ummmm....think there is actually a lot of scientific evidence to show that eating paleo is better for the human body than grain-filled diets in general. First of all, the advent of agriculture...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-17-2011, 08:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,401
Posted By nmelanson
Hmmm? tell me more! how do you widen a child's...

Hmmm? tell me more! how do you widen a child's palate? Perhaps I should read more in the TF section... Dh and I are considering a paleo diet. 1yo Ds has had non-stop runny nose since march (was...
Forum: The Mindful Home   06-08-2011, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Posted By nmelanson
We have a 460'sq cabin with one bedroom and 2...

We have a 460'sq cabin with one bedroom and 2 kids - it is chaotic and I would love more space. We're planning on building a loft bed to get DS1 off our family bed. Not sure if that helps.... I know...
Forum: Breastfeeding   03-22-2011, 10:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 816
Posted By nmelanson
This is my 2nd son. He's been a biter from the...

This is my 2nd son. He's been a biter from the beginning, He also pinches and scratches and is all together rough! i know it's just a sensation thing, but it hurts.He seemed to stopbiting  for a...
Forum: Babywearing   10-15-2010, 07:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 462
Posted By nmelanson
Hi there, I have a 3 mo who refuses to go...

Hi there,

I have a 3 mo who refuses to go in my Beco. He's not happy with froggy legs anymore, but he does not want to spread his legs to go in the normal (spread legs, facing in) position...
Forum: Family Safety   10-13-2010, 03:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,474
Posted By nmelanson
I'm hoping that someone could fill me in on why...

I'm hoping that someone could fill me in on why a child would **** be RF at that age? I've never heard of it before. What are the benefits and reasons? Just curious... Thanks!
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-13-2010, 03:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,033
Posted By nmelanson
My almost 4 DS has been doing this for the last...

My almost 4 DS has been doing this for the last couple of months - he got it from playing with older kids. He also has several water guns that DH bought for him (searching for the perfect one)...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-13-2010, 02:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,135
Posted By nmelanson
Quote: Originally Posted by 2lilsweetfoxes...

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2lilsweetfoxes http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15933315)
We are not meant to raise our babies...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   09-15-2010, 08:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,334
Posted By nmelanson
Oh man.... I shouldn't even get started... ...

Oh man.... I shouldn't even get started...

I watched the US tech do his measurements and his starting points were WAY OFF... as in, not even on the baby! Even I could see that! I told my midwife...
Forum: August 2010   09-11-2010, 09:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 762
Posted By nmelanson
Ha ha - we should have a FIL rant thread..... I...

Ha ha - we should have a FIL rant thread..... I could write a novel http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif
Forum: August 2010   09-11-2010, 09:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 762
Posted By nmelanson
I'm in agreement with all the posts! I was...

I'm in agreement with all the posts! I was furious that FIL stayed in our house univited when we were still in hospital! We live in a similar situation <500sq' house w/ 1 bedroom and two kids. If...
Forum: August 2010   09-06-2010, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 725
Posted By nmelanson
I bled until about 4.5 - 5 wks, which was longer...

I bled until about 4.5 - 5 wks, which was longer than the first time, but I attribute it to having to be more active, earlier this time (DS1 wasn't going to take care of himself!!!).
Forum: August 2010   09-06-2010, 07:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By nmelanson
You are not a wimp - it is hard to go from 1-2...

You are not a wimp - it is hard to go from 1-2 children!
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-06-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,020
Posted By nmelanson
Ha ha Iucounu - I guess that bit about not...

Ha ha Iucounu - I guess that bit about not bathing did sound bad. Rest assured, I do sponge bath every day and wash all the important bits, I just don't get the chance to hop in the tub as much as I...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-04-2010, 10:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,020
Posted By nmelanson
Thanks for the ideas! I have been brainstroming...

Thanks for the ideas! I have been brainstroming too... it's just my to-do list is so long (as in I still haven't sent out thank-you cards from baby shower in june!!!). I wanted to try to make...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-04-2010, 04:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,020
Posted By nmelanson
I have the opposite problem of another mom who...

I have the opposite problem of another mom who posted about kids misbehaving in public. Almost 4 yo DS1 is pretty great when we're in public - doesn't run away, listens (somewhat) well. DH manages a...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-03-2010, 02:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By nmelanson
Funny, I just came on here to get advice for my...

Funny, I just came on here to get advice for my 3 yo DS (4 in Nov). Every new stage from birth until the day he turned 3 was my new fav. stage. 3 sucks. He went from being an angelic, sweet 2 yo to...
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